2020 Changes to the Northern Rockies Coordinating Group Source List Process

Most equipment used for wildland fire suppression in the Northern Rockies are on three-year incident support agreements that are competed and awarded preseason. Solicitations are staggered so that roughly a third of the equipment categories are solicited each year. Equipment that is solicited and awarded preseason by the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, … Read more

Ten Mistakes Federal Contractors Make When Attempting to Register Their Entity in SAM

I’ve been a PTAC counselor for over five years. In that time, I’ve helped a lot of federal contractors register their entities in the System for Award Management (SAM), but I’ve also had the opportunity to review many entity registrations that contractors completed (or attempted to complete) themselves. This is a list of some of the … Read more

How to Get Set up With the Vendor Web Status Module in IROC

Geronimo Interagency Hotshot Crew, Department of the Interior (DOI) Indian Affairs (IA) Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) San Carlos Agency in Arizona; on assignment at the Big Windy Complex Wildlands Fire, approximately 15 miles west of Interstate-5 and East Northeast of Galice, Oregon, conducts a prescribed burn "burnout" operation to help stop the main fire that may head toward this roadway, on Friday, Aug 9, 2013. The primary mission of the Interagency Hotshot Crews (IHC) is to provide a safe, organized, mobile and highly skilled hand crew for all phases of wildland fire suppression. The arduous duties and specialized assignments required of IHC personnel require uniform staffing, certification, training, equipment, communications, transportation, organization, and qualifications that adhere to interagency standards and guidelines. USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.

This is a follow-up to my earlier posts from December 2019 and February 2020 about the transition from the Resource Ordering and Status System (ROSS) to the Interagency Resource Ordering Capability (IROC), particularly as it pertains to the ability of wildland fire suppression contractors to set the availability of their resources themselves from an internet-connected … Read more

“Your SAM registration is expiring” …or maybe not. Here’s how you can tell.

Screenshot of SAM expiration email from company that charges a fee

We’ve written before about companies that prey on smaller federal contractors and charge them hundreds of dollars for things like SAM registrations and renewals that are completely free. PTAC counselors across the country are constantly warning our clients about these companies, but their constant barrage of deceptive and confusing phone calls, emails, text messages, postcards, … Read more

U.S. Air Force SBIR Opportunity COVID-19 Focus Area Interests

The U.S. Air Force (AF) invites small business firms to submit proposals under this Commercial Solutions Opening (CSO) for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program.  Firms with the capability to conduct research and development (R&D) in the AF-related topics described in Section 10.1 and to commercialize the results of that R&D are encouraged to … Read more

DoD Class Deviation 2020-O0013 – CARES Act Section 3610 Implementation

The following information was released on behalf of the Principal Director, Defense Pricing and Contracting (DPC). The purpose of Class Deviation 2020-00013 is to support affected DoD contractors using available acquisition tools to ensure that DoD remains a healthy, resilient, and responsive total force. Effective immediately, contracting officers are authorized to use Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement … Read more

The Montana PTAC is Here to Help

3/30/2020 Yes, these are unprecedented times, but the Montana Procurement Technical Assistance Center remains open for business, ready to help Montana-based companies sell their goods and services to federal, state and local governments. Most of our government contracting advisors have been working remotely for the past two weeks to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19. … Read more

How Does the National State of Emergency Affect Federal Contracting?

President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency due to COVID-19 creates some changes in the world of government contracting. While a lot of things are in flux these days, here are a few things you need to know about how federal contracts are impacted: The Presidential Emergency Declaration due to the global pandemic means that … Read more

REAL ID Enforcement Pushed Back to Fall of 2021

The Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf, announced on March 26, 2020 that the deadline for enforcing REAL ID requirements has been pushed back from October 1, 2020 to October 1, 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Restrictions and temporary closures at state licensing stations due to the pandemic led to the decision. … Read more